Christmas always makes me think of snow even though we don’t usually get snow for Christmas! So, when your mind starts to think of decorating the house for the festive season, your ‘quilting’ mind starts to think, ‘What can I make this year?’ Last year I made a candle wreath (shown below) so staying with snow theme it just had to be a snowman. https://ukqu.co.uk/christmas-candle-wreath/

This delightful Snowman Wreath Placemat is really easy to make and another way to use up your scrap stash.

Unfinished size 10½” block Finished size 10”

You will need:

2½” x 14” strip Red Christmas fabric

2½” x 14” strip Green Christmas fabric

3¼” x 3½” rectangle black fabric for scarf/tie

2½” x WOF strip contrasting fabric for the binding (or piece strips of fabric together)

10½” x 10½” square of light background fabric

12” x 12” square of backing fabric

12” x 12” square of wadding

Scraps of orange and black fabric (eyes and nose)

Embroidery cotton for mouth

Sub-cut the red and green fabric using the Fat Cat template, you need 6 of each colour fabric. If you don’t have an acrylic template, you can easily make one out of paper or card using the size shown below in yellow. You also need to adjust the template to cut 1 for the scarf (shown as the grey template).

If you use a Dresden template you will need to cut more red and green ‘plates’ as the angle is slightly less than the Fat Cat template –more details to follow.

Fold the Fat Cat pieces in half and sew along the top using a ¼” seam. Trim the seam edges and turn RS out. PRESS

Sew the ‘fat cat’ pieces together using a ¼ seam. leaving the ‘scarf’ piece until last. PRESS.

Line up the narrower edge of the ‘scarf/tie’ and sew together (¼” seam) to make the ‘wreath’ complete. PRESS.

Find the centre point of the light background fabric by folding into quarters and mark it with a pin. Centre the wreath on the background fabric and lightly pin in place. Sew around the ‘peaks’ of the wreath. Now sew around the centre circle with a blanket or satin stitch. Hand or machine sewing is fine.

Next, complete the features of the snowman. I used two small circles of felt for the eyes, orange fabric for the nose and embroidery thread for the mouth using chain stitch.

Add wadding and backing fabric slightly larger than the block and you’re ready to quilt, again this could be done either by hand or machine. I machine stitched around the wreath ‘peaks’ and the centre circle only, but you could free motion quilt more if you wish.

Trim to 10½” x 10½” square. PRESS.

Add the binding – I chose the same fabric as the backing because I just love Christmas Robins. I used the mitred corner method of binding with a continuous piece of fabric 2” wide but you could just bind each side then the top and bottom – it really doesn’t matter.

Voila, give it one final PRESS and your Snowman is ready to party.

If you use a Dresden template for the wreath (as shown in the picture below) you will need to cut out 19 Dresden pieces plus 2 scarf/tie pieces, e.g. 10 green, 9 red and 2 black fabric).

You will also a light background fabric of 12½” x 12½” square and backing/wadding will be cut slightly larger. The centre is 6” diameter so you could add anything in there (this one is unfinished and just to show you the difference). I think I’m going to add a robin on a twig in this one, or maybe a reindeer, or Santa Claus or …. decisions, decisions!

I hope you enjoy making this mini quilt as much as I did. You could hang it as a decoration or add some Insul Bright wadding to it and make it into a heat resistant mat for your Christmas dinner table.

Happy Sewing everyone, if you do make the placemat, pop a pic on the twitter or Instagram feeds below.

Carol Lightburn

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